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JAZZ 101 - The Beginner's Guide to Jazz

JAZZ.FM91 is proud to announce the spring release of our jazz appreciation course, “Jazz 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz.” Designed for jazz fans, this course is an interactive and engaging guide to the icons and innovators. Through lectures, listening, demonstration, and discussion, you’ll learn from JAZZFM.91’s jazz experts and gain a basic understanding of jazz music.

You’ll discover the most important musicians in jazz, with a special focus on Canadian icons. Highlighting classic recordings by jazz legends, you’ll learn about jazz’s illustrious history and develop the skills to become a better listener. You’ll interact with a live jazz group as they perform and answer your questions.

Taking place at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village, the 6-week courses will begin at the end of May and run through June. The courses is $125 (includes all 6 lectures).

The course will be taught by Mark Micklethwaite, JAZZ.FM91’s Community Engagement and Education Manager. Mark is a musician, educator, and jazz historian who designed this course in collaboration with CEO and President, Ross Porter.

JAZZ.FM91 donors were offered an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to sign up for this Tuesday night class, and now we’re offering it to all of our listeners.

“Our listening audience is a hybrid of jazz connoisseurs and jazz newcomers who share one special thing in common, a love of JAZZ.FM91.Whether or not you’re well versed on the genre, Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz has something for everyone. Our goal is to make listening more compelling by offering this series of lectures,” said Ross Porter, CEO and President, JAZZ.FM91.

***THIS SESSION ON JAZZ 101 IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT***

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Micklethwaite at 416-595-0404x229 or mark@jazz.fm.

Details:
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 7-9pm Dates: May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17
Location: JAZZ.FM91, 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100. Instructor: Mark Micklethwaite

Learning Objectives:

•    learn who are the most important musicians in jazz and why
•    learn about basic structure and properties of jazz music; instruments, styles
•    understand details about the history and development jazz
•    gain a greater understanding of how musicians improvise and swing
•    develop skills to become a better listener; what to listen for
•    learn how to build a library of classic recordings, including the five most important Canadian recordings

Course Outline:


Week 1 – The 10 Most Important Jazz Musicians and Why
After an overview of the course, we’ll look at the 10 most important jazz musicians and why they are significant. We’ll listen to classic recordings and discuss what makes these musicians unique and innovative.

Week 2 – What to Listen For When You Listen to Jazz
This week we’ll dig a little deeper into the music by dissecting select recordings and discussing what makes jazz intriguing. We’ll also discuss the instruments of the rhythm section and how they lay the foundation for the music.

Week 3 – Telling A Story – The Jazz Vocalists
We put singers in the spotlight and demonstrate how they interpret songs in unique and diverse ways. We’ll explore the vocal repertoire and discuss how vocalists put the swing in jazz.

Week 4 – Jazz Mechanics – How Does Jazz Work?
This week we’ll get “under the hood” and focus on the key elements that come together to make a great performance. We’ll investigate the blues form and informs the music. And we’ll explore more instruments used in jazz, including a few unusual instruments.

Week 5 – Jazz In Canada - The Five Most Important Records
Canadian jazz musicians have achieved great artistic and commercial success both at home and abroad. We’ll give you some background on the development of jazz in Canada and highlight the five most important Canadian jazz records.

Week 6 – Live Performance / Summary
Our final week will feature a live performance by some of Toronto’s finest musicians. We’ll demonstrate many of the concepts that have been discussed during the course. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and make requests.

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